Question: When we talk to different people and sometimes trying to tell them what’s happening around us and it’s deteriorating every day, and the signs that Holy Prophet (asws) has told us that people will be killed they didn’t know why they are being killed and the killer wouldn’t know who they are killing, why they are killing. When you tell these things to people, they have all kinds of example, they say this has always been like that, there’s always been fight between humans and they ‘ve always been killing each other, there’s nothing new happening now, it has always been like that, always. So how do you address that?
Murder and killing has always happened. Destruction has always happened. Slavery has always happened. Oppression has always been there. Zulm has always been there. Cruelty has always been there. But it has never been at this scale before. Do you understand?
Corruption has always been there, tyranny has always been there, but it has never been like it is now. And they are trying to trick, they say, ‘ahh just because it’s the same we felt, so it’s the same as it was.’ It is not. This is a phone (Sheykh shows a smartphone). Fifty years ago we didn’t have this. In fact fifty years ago we didn’t have internet, correct? Now with the internet for example, you cannot say that the level of corruption, that the level of evil that we are witnessing and that is accessible to even our children, it was the same fifty years ago. You cannot say that. This is where the media, whoever controls the media, they control the minds of the people.
There has always been war, yes there has always been war. But look at the places, look at the middle east, for instance they are saying, ‘there has always been war in the middle east.’ Really? That’s news to me. They are trying to say, ‘oh, the Jews and the Muslims, they’ve always been fighting.’ Really? That’s news to me. Because for thirteen hundred years when Islam was ruling, there was no war between Muslims and the Jews. It was the Muslims who save the Jews from Spain and resettled them. It was the Muslims who brought the Christians who were fighting amongst themselves to live in their land, to practice their religion freely. Just in some ways, in a lot of ways, the Americans is doing today, which if they are not careful they are going to lose that too. War in the middle east, what happened? There was this kind of war fifty years ago? Aleppo was like this fifty years ago? Kabul was like this fifty years ago? Just fifty years, let’s not talk about hundred years or two hundred years, or five hundred years, that they are telling us, ‘oh, they’ve always been fighting and killing each other and destroyed.’ No! Islam ruled the middle east. For thirteen hundred years, this did not happen. When did this happen? When the Crusades came it happened. Then they kicked them out. When else it happened? When the Mongols they came, it happened. Some wars they came, yes but the level and the scale of devastation and evil, this is unprecedented. The level of corruptions and destructions of this world physically, this is unprecedented. But this is the trick of sheytan and sheytanic people saying, ‘ahh, evil has always existed. It’s the same. So things are not getting worse.’ SubhanaAllah. What idiot. Which planet you live in?
We say we stopped slavery in America, and there are so many people who are going to be so sticky on that point too, I’m not talking about Muslims speaking out, I’m talking about people who understand what slavery is and how modern day slavery has shaped the phase of this economy. If you understand the prison system of this world, prison system especially in America, you’ll understand what a huge industry it is. If you understand the prison system in America and how one third of the male black population in America, one third correct? I’m giving just the number there. Don’t get too excited. Maybe it’s more than that. That they cannot even cast a vote to decide on what’s going to happen to their life and their children’s lives. This is worse than slavery that it happened before.
Yeah, hoping for something to happen is something else. You said, ‘we must be hopeful.’ That is something else, but what is the reality that is facing us now? Is the world getting better from last year? We brought down, yes Saddam. He was a tyrant. But now, even the people who are opposed to Saddam said, ‘oh, during Saddam’s time it is Paradise compared to what it is now.’ This is undeniable. You don’t have to be a political scientist to understand this.
Same thing with a lot of things. Same things with our lives. Same thing with chicken. You know chicken? Chicken that you eat now is different from chicken that was twenty years ago, or fifty years ago. It used to take six months, six months for it to grow, slowly, eating food that is not Frankenfood, Frankenstein food, GMO food, that is destroying the world, destroying your health, destroying everything. Chicken eating regular things, eating chicken things. It takes six months to grow and it comes to maturity and it has nutrients in its body that is very necessary for the development of our brain and everything. Take the chicken that is twenty years ago and compare the nutrition value to what it is today, you are going to be shocked. It’s like we are eating like foam, fake.
So people who are in La La land like that, leave them to be. It’s okay. But if they have a little bit of intelligence, they are going to understand what we say. It is true. Rose, mashaAllah, they look very nice roses huh. Allah knows how much pesticides is put to grow this. It’s completely no smell. It doesn’t open and it dies within two or three days. Is this natural? But when it is all about the desire, and they train for us to satisfy our desire, then the desire only wants what it wants for a few minutes and then it changes. It doesn’t want something that is lasting. It doesn’t look for the value of the thing. It doesn’t look at the history and the future of the thing. It’s just to satisfy, just like this. ‘I don’t care. It fulfills the purpose. I don’t care where it comes from, how it’s grown, how many maybe people’s life are destroyed because of this.’ Of course there is. This is simple example I’m giving.
When you look deeper into it, into the system of say, education, system of capitalism, system of governance in this world, then you have to understand, this world just as the Prophet and the Evliya are saying, this world is evil. But those who are sleeping and they don’t want to wake up, what can we do. Eh, they ran out of things to say, they say, ‘then what are you going to do? You can’t change anything.’ That’s what they say. They say, ‘you speak like a real person, not like a believer.’ Because Allah and His Prophet they are saying, ‘The Muslims, the believer is the one who enjoins good and he forbids evil.’ It’s not to say, ‘Evil? What can you do, evil?’ No. Allah is saying, ‘you must forbid evil. If you cannot change it with your hand, you change it with your tongue. If you cannot, you change it in your heart.’ To at least have a feeling that this is wrong.
Now the hearts has become so dead because they fall in love with the dunya and they are afraid of death that they say, ‘I don’t care about all this. All I want is to live a regular life, normal life, just to get by day by day and to pay my mortgage and to watch my children to grow.’
This is the world. You are part of the world. Your children will be part of that future generation that is just going to continue this legacy of evil and destruction that has happened for especially the last hundred years. You don’t have to be an expert to know the damage that we have done to this world. Just by modern industry, the past hundred years, we have not done thousands and thousands. Just the damage that we are doing in the past five years say, or ten years, with this phone, we have not done for thousands of years. What did we do? Because of this (smartphone), everybody wants to own this, which it seems so necessary now. everybody must have this. But we didn’t have this. Just yesterday we didn’t have it. How did we live? We didn’t have it ten years ago, twenty years ago. Our parents didn’t grow up with this. We didn’t grow up with this. But because everybody wants this, they open up that desire, and they are saying, now we must feed that desire. Just from that alone, it has killed billions of bees in the world. And if you have some intelligence, you know that if the bees die, plants will die, animals will die, and we will die. But if the heart is close and it’s not understanding this reality, don’t argue with them. They don’t see it.
May Allah forgive me, insya’Allah. Astaghfirullahal adzim wa atubu ilaih. Assalamualaikum. This much is enough. Fatiha.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
24 Zul Qaida 1437
August 27, 2016.